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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000351.txt from 2001/04

From: test <eliazor@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re:Throat Bflat fingerings
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 18:21:33 -0400

what do you do when have fast passges. do you use the forlk Bb. For example
when you are playing marches.

Josh
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From: "Simon Aldrich" <Simon_Aldrich@-----.ca>
Subject: [kl] Re:Throat Bflat fingerings

> >When you use this side fingering, you are giving up
> >access to all right hand venting of the bflat, giving you
> >a 'short tube' sound quality. At some dynamics, this side
> >bflat might be clearer and more pleasant, but at fff?
>
> David Hattner hits the nail on the head with the above statement.
> I find that playing regularly in a big hall settles (or perhaps dispels)
> many clarinet theories and arguments.
> When playing in a hall the sound you hear coming back to you is
> the sound that you are putting out into the hall.
> This occurs successfully when the sound is focussed and ringing.
> When one uses the side Bb in forte passages or when playing with many
> instruments it's as though the sound drops off the radar.
> You don't hear it any more. To a certain degree it can be
> said that the throat tones in general drop off the radar in forte passages
> without the benefit of right hand venting (resonant fingerings).
>
> Avoidance of the side Bb is not dogma but rather the professional
> need for maximum tone on each note.
>
> Simon Aldrich
>
> Principal Clarinet - Montreal Opera Orchestra
> Principal Clarinet - Montreal Metropolitain Orchestra
> Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
>
> Clarinet Instructor - Bishop's University
> Clarinet Instructor - University of Sherbrooke
>
> simona@-----.org
> (514) 843-7550
>
>
>
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